Sunday, May 24, 2015

'Innocence Fraud': (It's a new term to me too! HL);(Thank you Mark Godsey of the Wrongful Convictions Blog for bringing this ignorant, offensive, self-serving diatribe to our attention): "Magazine editor says “Innocence fraud”– when innocence organizations free guilty people– Is a threat. (Uggggh. HL);


POST: "Magazine editor says "Innocence Fraud" - when innocence organizations free guilty people - is a threat," by Mark Godsey, published by the Wrongful Convictions Blog on May 7, 2015.

CAPTION: 'Innocence fraud is real ' warns Crime Lab Report's chief Managing Editor."
“Exonerations are extremely serious,” Collins told the audience of approximately 150 guests on the final day of the symposium. “For our criminal justice system to go back and say that the decision of a judge or jury who decided to put a particular individual in prison [was wrong] . . . and suddenly say that the individual shouldn’t be there – and is therefore free to return to life in the public – is very, very serious.”"

The entire  post can be found at:

http://wrongfulconvictionsblog.org/2015/05/07/lab-director-says-innocence-fraud-when-innocence-organizations-free-guilty-people-is-a-threat/

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I have added a search box for content in this blog which now encompasses several thousand posts. The search box is located  near the bottom of the screen just above the list of links. I am confident that this powerful search tool provided by "Blogger" will help our readers and myself get more out of the site.

The Toronto Star, my previous employer for more than twenty incredible years, has put considerable effort into exposing the harm caused by Dr. Charles Smith and his protectors - and into pushing for reform of Ontario's forensic pediatric pathology system. The Star has a "topic" section which focuses on recent stories related to Dr. Charles Smith. It can be found at:

http://www.thestar.com/topic/charlessmith

Information on "The Charles Smith Blog Award"- and its nomination process - can be found at:
 
http://smithforensic.blogspot.ca/2013/12/the-charles-smith-award-presented-to_28.html
 
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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Bulletin: Cleveland Wright: (District of Columbia); Granted a certificate of actual innocence after being sent to prison for 28 years on hair analysis prosecutors now admit was false.

A D.C. man whose murder conviction was thrown out more than a year ago finally received his certificate of actual innocence on Friday. Cleveland Wright was sent to prison for 28 years on hair analysis prosecutors now admit was false. In 1979, prosecutors charged Wright and Santae Tribble with the murders of two men carried out 13 days apart. The theory was they were stick-up men working together. But at his trial, Wright was convicted of one murder and acquitted in the other. The same thing happened to Tribble.  Years later in 2012, DNA testing on hair evidence used at trial exonerated both men. Tibble received his certificate, while Wright kept waiting. In both pleadings to the court, prosecutors used slightly different language on whether to grant Tribble and Wright certificates of actual innocence. In Tribble's, prosecutors wrote it "does not oppose it,” while in Wright's, they said the government "takes no position.” With the issuance of his certificate of actual innocence, Wright, 57, becomes eligible to be compensated fro the decades he spent behind bars-- at a rate of $50,000 per year for every year he was locked up. He had been waiting for the judge in the case to issue her findings in order to receive the money from the government. D.C. Superior Court Judge Laura Cordero issued Wright's certificate of actual innocence, which reads in part: "Based on the entire record in this mater, including the new evidence before this court, the court finds by clear and convincing evidence that Mr. Wright did not commit the crimes of first-degree murder while armed, first-degree felony murder and armed robbery of Mr. Horn, of which he was convicted in this case."
http://www.myfoxdc.com/story/29141117/cleveland-wright-innocenc

Bulletin:David Bain; New Zealand; As the David Bain compensation battle rolls on, nearly 70% of voters in a ONE News/Colmar Brunton poll think he should be compensated.........The case has always drawn strong opinion and in the latest ONE News Colmar Brunton poll people were asked if they think David Bain should be paid compensation for the 13 years he spent in prison. Only 19% said no while 69% said yes and David Bain supporter Joe Karam says that is reflected in most official polls.

As the David Bain compensation battle rolls on, nearly 70% of voters in a ONE News/Colmar Brunton poll think he should be compensated. But it's likely to be some time before any decision is made by the latest judge reviewing the case. A claim for compensation first came in 2010, a year after Mr Bain was acquitted at re-trial for the 1994 murders of his family. The Government sought independent advice from a former Canadian judge, Justice Ian Binnie, who backed giving compensation. But then Justice Minster Judith Collins had that report peer reviewed by top lawyer Robert Fisher who advised Cabinet that Mr Binnie's report had errors and was not reliable......... The case has always drawn strong opinion and in the latest ONE News Colmar Brunton poll people were asked if they think David Bain should be paid compensation for the 13 years he spent in prison. Only 19% said no while 69% said yes and David Bain supporter Joe Karam says that is reflected in most official polls.
http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/poll-backs-compensation-david-bain-6310613

Bulletin: Douglas Prade: Ohio; The imprisoned former Akron police captain fighting for a new trial in the 1997 death of his ex-wife, has dropped his federal lawsuit against the city of Akron. ........ The statement, issued by the firm Loevy & Loevy in Chicago, says the suit's withdrawal is only temporary and that Prade can refile once the criminal case is completed. The jury found him guilty, in part, because of expert testimony by a forensic dentist matching him with the bite mark. But Common Pleas Judge Judy Hunter exonerated Prade in January 2013 because DNA evidence from another person was found on his ex-wife's body.

Douglas Prade, the imprisoned former Akron police captain fighting for a new trial in the 1997 death of his ex-wife, has dropped his federal lawsuit against the city of Akron. Prade dropped the suit, which accuses city police of manipulating witnesses, fabricating and destroying evidence and lying, because his murder case is still pending in Summit County Common Pleas Court, according to a statement issued Friday by his lawyers. He requested that the suit be dismissed last week, and U.S. District Judge Sara Lioi granted the request Friday afternoon. The statement, issued by the firm Loevy & Loevy in Chicago, says the suit's withdrawal is only temporary and that Prade can refile once the criminal case is completed.........Prade, 69, is at the Allen Correctional Institution in Lima. He is serving a life sentence for aggravated murder after a jury found him guilty in 1998 of gunning down Margo Prade, a physician, outside of her medical office. She was shot six times at close range, and the killer bit through her lab coat into her arm. The jury found him guilty, in part, because of expert testimony by a forensic dentist matching him with the bite mark. But Common Pleas Judge Judy Hunter exonerated Prade in January 2013 because DNA evidence from another person was found on his ex-wife's body..........Common Pleas Judge Christine Croce will hold a hearing June 12 on whether Prade should receive a new criminal trial."http://www.cleveland.com/court-justice/index.ssf/2015/05/akron_cop_douglas_prade_drops.html

Bulletin: Ingmar Guandique: New trial may be granted to man convicted of killing Chandra Levy, a Washington intern whose disappearance in 2001 - as prosecutors in the District of Columbia on Friday dropped their opposition to a new trial.

A new trial may be granted to the man convicted of killing Chandra Levy, a Washington intern whose disappearance in 2001 drew national headlines. Ingmar Guandique was sentenced to 60 years in prison after being convicted in 2010 of killing and robbing Levy. Prosecutors in the District of Columbia on Friday dropped their opposition to a new trial. Guandique's lawyers have appealed the conviction and questioned the credibility of a prosecution witness, Armando Morales, a convicted felon and former gang member. He testified that Guandique confessed to him that he killed Levy. The U.S. Attorney's Office said the passage of time has made it difficult to elicit accurate testimony in the appeal, so clearing the way for a new trial was done "in the interests of justice."......... Levy, a 24-year-old California native, was in Washington working as an intern for the Bureau of Prisons when she was last seen on May 1, 2001. Her skull was found over a year later, on May 22, 2002, in Washington's Rock Creek Park. Levy's disappearance gained national attention after her parents discovered a connection with Gary Condit, who was then a congressman for Levy's California district. Condit was never a suspect in the case, but he was questioned intensively for details about Levy's whereabouts Police arrested Guandique in February 2009. He was then serving a 10-year sentence for attacking two other women in the park. Prosecutors asked the judge to order a hearing within two weeks. Evidentiary hearings were held earlier this year in the Guandique case and more are scheduled for May 26, 28 and 29, according to court documents.
http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/22/us/chandra-levy-case/

Bulletin: Jeremiah Duggan: London; Inquest coroner rules that a north London student found dead on a German motorway after spending five days at far-right cult conference did not commit suicide. Coroner rules out conspiracy theories that Jeremiah Duggan had been beaten to death and dumped at a “staged-managed” crash site on the outskirts of Wiesbaden in March 2003 after attending a five-day conference organised by extremist group LaRouche. Coroner overrules a previous verdict of “suicide by means of traffic accident” - and says Duggan could have died fleeing the far-right group where it is claimed he was identified as a “spy”. Evening Standard.

A north London student found dead on a German motorway after spending five days at far-right cult conference did not commit suicide, a coroner today ruled.
Coroner Andrew Walker ruled out conspiracy theories that Jeremiah Duggan had been beaten to death and dumped at a “staged-managed” crash site on the outskirts of Wiesbaden in March 2003 after attending a five-day conference organised by extremist group LaRouche. Mr Walker concluded that Mr Duggan, from Golders Green, north London, died after being hit by a Peugeot 406 before being run over by Volkswagen Golf. Overruling a previous verdict of “suicide by means of traffic accident”, Mr Walker said Mr Duggan could have died fleeing the far-right group where it is claimed he was identified as a “spy”. Recording a narrative verdict at North London Coroner's Court, Mr Walker said: “Against the background of the start of the Iraq war together with Mr Duggan expressing that he was a Jew, British and questioning the material put before him may have had a bearing on Mr Duggan’s death in the sense that it may have put Mr Duggan at risk from members of the organisation and caused Mr Duggan to become distressed and seek to leave. “There are a number of unexplained injuries that suggest that Mr Duggan may have been involved in an altercation at some stage before his death. On hearing the verdict Mr Duggan’s mother Erica Duggan, who has spent 12 years battling to find out what happened to her son, said: “Justice, we just want justice,” before having to be consoled by friends and family. In a statement read outside court, the family said: “We are disappointed that in the face of six separate British and European independent experts covering the fields of pathology and forensic analysis, the coroner preferred the disputed evidence relied upon by the German authorities. “The pressure should now be put upon the German authorities to ensure this powerful and dramatic narrative verdict leads to deeper investigation in the country where Jeremiah was killed, including the role played by the LaRouche organisation. “We hope Jeremiah's legacy will be that the strong message that such extremist organisations exist which target university students for recruitment has been heard so that the dangers they pose can be avo
http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/jeremiah-duggan-inquest-london-student-found-dead-in-germany-could-have-died-fleeing-farright-group-10268117.html

Purvi Patel: Feticide; PRI (Public Radio International) asks "Who is the doctor who paved the way to prison for Purvi Patel?" (The answer is extremely interesting. HL);


POST: "Who is the doctor who paved the way to prison for Purvi Patel?, by reporter David Conrad, published by PRI on April 5, 2015.


PHOTO CAPTION: Police investigate the scene in suburban South Bend, Indiana on July 13, 2013. Dr. Kelly McGuire called police after examining Purvi Patel to report suspicions of child abuse, then, still in his hospital scrubs, he joined police in search of the fetus.

GIST: "The doctor who initially called police to report his child abuse suspicions of Purvi Patel is listed as a member of a pro-life medical association. Patel was charged with child neglect, and later with killing her fetus, and on March 30, 2015, she was sentenced to 20 consecutive years in prison. This makes her the first woman in the US to be convicted and sentenced on "feticide" charges for ending her own pregnancy, according to the National Advocates for Pregnant Women. Patel says she had a miscarriage, but was found guilty for taking illegal abortion drugs under an Indiana statute that bans "knowingly or intentionally terminat[ing] a human pregnancy with any intention other than producing a live birth, removing a dead fetus or performing a legal abortion.” The person who set the legal process in motion was Dr. Kelly McGuire, who was on call the night in 2013 when Purvi Patel showed up in the emergency room of St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center near South Bend, Indiana. McGuire is listed as a pro-life physician for the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists. The association has about 2,500 members and associates. Its web site declares that a physician’s “right of conscience” in medical decision-making is a crucial part of their advocacy aims, and that the association seeks to counter “[s]trong voices within our culture (and within our professional College) [which] espouse elective abortion on demand as a standard of care for unwanted pregnancies.” According to its mission statement, the group’s members affirm five principles, one of which is “[t]hat elective disruption/abortion of human life at any time from fertilization onward constitutes the willful destruction of an innocent human being, and that this procedure will have no place in our practice of the healing arts.” When Patel showed up in the St. Joseph Regional Medical Center’s maternity ward, bleeding and showing a protruding umbilical cord, McGuire knew something was wrong, he later told reporter Amy Gastelum. “That looked like it was from a baby that was fairly far along,” McGuire said........Like all physicians, McGuire is a “mandated reporter” of child abuse, meaning that if he suspects any form of abuse, he’s required to notify authorities. In Patel’s case, he suspected a live birth and abandoned baby. He determined Patel’s address and called police, who went to her home to look for a newborn baby. At this point, Patel confessed to leaving the stillborn fetus in a dumpster behind a shopping center. McGuire updated the police, and then, still in his hospital scrubs, he did something no mandated reporter is required to do: He joined the police in search of the fetus. McGuire followed police cars to the scene, examined the fetus and then pronounced it dead on arrival. “It was actually a very surreal moment,” he told Amy Gastelum. “I decided there was nothing more for me to do at the hospital, so I would actually go over to the Target store myself as well. Maybe I could help in some way.”"
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The entire story can be found at:

http://www.pri.org/stories/2015-04-03/doctor-who-called-police-purvi-patel-listed-pro-life-medical-association-member

Amy Gastelum interview: (miscarriage or murder): "Before the story was over I was called in to see Dr. Kelly McGuire. I wasn’t there because I was sick or pregnant: I was there to talk to McGuire about what happened when thirty-three-year-old Purvi Patel was admitted to St Joseph’s Regional Medical Center around 9:30 p.m. under McGuire’s care. The middle-aged former Marine walked quickly through the halls of his clinic before leading me through the door to a small office, empty except for a desk and two chairs. McGuire confessed that his hospital had asked him not to speak with the press about Patel’s case, “but,” he said, “I don’t want [the hospital] talking for me.” McGuire barely moved and kept his gaze on the wall during our interview, which was originally used in a story for PRI’s The World. He told me that on the night of July 13th, 2013, he was at home when he got a text message from his partner, Dr. Tracy Byrne, who wanted a second opinion about “something unusual.”.........

https://www.guernicamag.com/daily/amy-gastelum-miscarriage-or-murder/

PUBLISHER'S NOTE: 
 
Dear Reader. Keep your eye on the Charles Smith Blog. We are following this case.
 
I have added a search box for content in this blog which now encompasses several thousand posts. The search box is located  near the bottom of the screen just above the list of links. I am confident that this powerful search tool provided by "Blogger" will help our readers and myself get more out of the site.

The Toronto Star, my previous employer for more than twenty incredible years, has put considerable effort into exposing the harm caused by Dr. Charles Smith and his protectors - and into pushing for reform of Ontario's forensic pediatric pathology system. The Star has a "topic" section which focuses on recent stories related to Dr. Charles Smith. It can be found at:

http://www.thestar.com/topic/charlessmith

Information on "The Charles Smith Blog Award"- and its nomination process - can be found at:
 
http://smithforensic.blogspot.ca/2013/12/the-charles-smith-award-presented-to_28.html
 
I look forward to hearing from readers at:

hlevy15@gmail.com.
 
Harold Levy; Publisher; The Charles Smith Blog;